Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
I'll take a treat often times, but ST isn't always the one that gets it, I might give it to Super since he trotted over to me for a little rub since he knows I'm not coming to get him, haha. I might even give it to Rose, the baby, just for not swinging her butt at me and offering a kick because I have a halter and I'm in her field (it's being worked on). But, I may give it to ST as soon as she slips her nose into the halter. She's not going to run away after she sees the halter coming, she might turn or back up a little, but she won't take off (I'll go get the quad and herd the **** horses to the barn, who needs a halter and lead? Lol).
I see no problem with treats..but it shouldn't be something that's automatically given everytime you do a certain action. None of the horses are nippy because they don't expect a treat. Storm may walk over and sniff about to see if you do have one. I also don't give treats to Storm out in the field, I rarely get close enough to pet him. I'll stand right in front of the baby and scratch her ears, but knowing Storm, he'd probably spook and run me right over since he's unpredictable at this point. Buddy's predictable, he'll try to scratch his face on your butt if you turn away from him and bend over a little; on the other hand, Rose could come up to youreal nice just wanting scratches, or she could come up to (why you don't let yer approach you! O.o ) seemingly nice and whip her butt around and start kicking at you.
Anyway..I generally just walk out to the herd with halter/lead, find my horse (ST and Rose look oddly familiar), halter her, maybe give her a treat for not doing any funny business, and walk right back to the barn to get on with my day working with her. I may or may not get the rest of the herd running up behind us 10 minutes later, but I didn't have to give any treats for that.
Standing by the gate and whistling doesn't work here unless they're close in the field..if they're 2 miles out, I'd better start walking and whistling at the same time, haha. I walked about a mile and a half to find them yesterday..I didn't even realize the field was that big. O.o I'm going to have to take a ride and actually go to the other end of it and see just how far it is..lol.
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